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First English Edition, 1793

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

Franklin learned early the value of anonymity and the freeing creativity of escape from the microscope of public opinion, egocentricity, fame and approval seeking. At the beginning of each day he asked himself what he could do to help people and make the world a better place. At the end of each day he examined the day’s efforts from the perspective of who and how much he managed to help. Though written long ago in a very different world, this book is as relevant today as it was then and we recommend it to everyone.

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“I never doubted… that all crime will be punished, and virtue rewarded, either here or hereafter. These I esteem’d the essentials of every religion.”

Chapters: 54. Planting Well

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“Our debates were… to be conducted in the sincere spirit of inquiry after truth without… desire of victory… all expressions of positiveness in opinions or direct contradiction were prohibited.”

Chapters: 21. Following Empty Heart

Themes: Victory Opinion

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“The objections and reluctances I met with in soliciting the subscriptions, made me soon feel the impropriety of presenting one’s self as the proposer of any useful project.. I therefore put myself as much as I could out of sight and stated it as a scheme of ‘a number of friends.’”

Chapters: 17. True Leaders
77. Stringing a Bow

Themes: Anonymity

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“There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war...This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle.”


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“his Autobiography... the first American addition to world literature—probably the most widely read work by an American after the Declaration of Independence—did create a new and decisively modern form of literature, the success saga... the inchoate work, survived and became popular through the centuries and across the world, a model for a whole genus of modern writing... appropriately ends in mid sentence”

Daniel J. Boorstin 1914 – 2004 CE
American intellectual Paul Revere
from Creators—Heroes of the Imagniation, 1992

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